The conference programme is arranged across three days. The first two days take place in South Kensington in London. The third day consists of a choice of musuem and studio tours in London and Oxford.
25 Sep 2018 - South Kensington
- Main talks 8:45am - 5.00pm: The Great Hall, Imperial College London
The Great Hall is located on the 2nd floor of the Sherfield Building (building 20 on the Imperial College map)
- Evening reception 7pm - 9pm: Natural History Museum, Darwin Centre Cocoon
Entrance is via the Queen's Gate entrance (see NHM entrances map)
26 Sep 2018 - South Kensington
- Short talks and poster presentations 9am - 5pm: The Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum
Entrance is via the Exhibition Road main entrance (see NHM entrances map)
27 September 2018 - Venues around London and Oxford
- Workshop tours and exhibition visits
Tour choices for day three
There are a choice of 11 tours being offered, from nine institutions: see the list below. Eight institutions are in London, while the Pitt Rivers Museum is located in Oxford.
Sign-up for the tours has closed.
1. British Museum
A tour of the workshops and conservation studios, followed by a look at The British Museum's new approach to mountmaking in one of our recently refurbished galleries.
2. Horniman Museum and Gardens
A visit to our workshop and layout space to share our approach to planning and mounting for exhibitions and displays. We will focus on work we have done on the World Gallery (opening summer 2018), a new anthropology gallery of over 3,500 objects.
3. Museum of London
A tour showing workshop facilities and also looking at a system of laser cut 'frames' that we developed for our London Before London Gallery (Prehistory), which have consequently found use all over the museum and for exhibitions.
4. Pitt Rivers Museum
The Pitt Rivers Museum was founded in 1884 and appears to some to be virtually unchanged since the Victorian era.
You will be guided through the history of mount-making at the musuem, and learn how approaches and expectations have changed over the years towards improving standards of collections care and display whilst maintaining the unique aesthetic of the Pitt Rivers.
Please note that the Pitt Rivers Museum is based in Oxford not London.
5. Plowden & Smith
A behind-the-scenes tour of the Plowden & Smith Exhibitions department and our acclaimed conservation studios.
Meet the mountmakers behind projects that include, 'King Tut: Treasures of the Pharaohs' at the California Science Centre, and this year’s Art Fund Museum of the Year award winner, the Postal Museum.
6. Tate Britain
A tour of the Sculpture Conservation Workshops at Tate Britain.
Our workshop is a small multi-purpose area that must meet the various needs of the studio, namely: conservation, mountmaking and packing.
7. Wellcome Collection
The tour will include:
- The workshop - focusing on woodwork plus brass and acrylic mounts
- An object store - for clean mount work, ie measuring objects
- Framing and mounting area
- New Medicine Man showcases and object mounts
8. Science Musuem
A tour of the Science Museum's basement workshops, including A/V department, foundry and machinery shop.
Followed by a tour of one of our most recent galleries.
Three tours are on offer:
- The Technical Services workshops
- Paper and Book Conservation
- The Textile Conservation Studio combined with a viewing of our current fashion exhibition